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Gareth Baber’s next destination after Fiji exit confirmed

Exiting Fiji 7s Head Coach Gareth Baber has been appointed as the Edinburgh Rugby club’s Skills and Assistant Attack Coach.

Edinburg confirmed Baber’s new role hours after Fiji revealed that the tactician will be ending his association with the Olympic Gold Medal winners by the end of November. Fiji confirmed that the coach opted outed as he was keen to pursue a new opportunity in the 15s game.

Baber will link up with Edinburgh Rugby’s coaching group in December.

On joining the club, Baber said: “I am very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities which come with my new coaching role with Edinburgh. I am extremely grateful to Mike [Blair] and the Edinburgh backroom team for the faith they have shown in my recruitment and I’m determined to repay this.

“The prospect of joining an innovative and knowledgeable coaching staff at a top European team, which has in its ranks some of the best rugby talent in world rugby, excites me enormously. I look forward to adding value to the group, utilising my own rugby knowledge and coaching experiences.

“Having played and coached against Edinburgh during my career, I am aware of what the team represents and the depth of passion felt in the city for the success of the team.

“It is a great opportunity to challenge myself in an established professional environment, where I recognize that I will need to be at the top of my coaching abilities.

“I look forward to establishing new relationships and will work tirelessly to honour the opportunity which has been presented to me.” he concluded.

Baber amassed the most-ever World Rugby Sevens Series wins for Fiji [11]

Having studied at both Swansea University and Oxford University, Baber – who played scrum-half and wing – enjoyed a highly respected professional playing career, representing Cardiff RFC, Pontypridd RFC, Aberavon RFC, Bristol and Dragons, before switching his focus to coaching in 2007.

After being appointed as Wales U20 Assistant Coach, Baber progressed to Academy Skills Coach at Cardiff Blues before being named Head Coach of the Welsh capital club – alongside Justin Burnell – in 2011.

Baber left Cardiff in 2013 and was appointed Head of Hong Kong Rugby Sevens where he directed the senior men’s, women’s and youth programmes at elite level until 2016.

He signed a four-year deal to become Fiji Sevens Head Coach in 2016 and quickly established himself as a highly respected and knowledgeable coach on the World Rugby Sevens circuit.

The Welshman would go on to claim 11 tournament victories with Fiji – beating the previous record of nine set by Ben Ryan – and guided Fiji Sevens to the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series title.

Baber capped off an illustrious five-year period with the South Pacific Islanders by leading Fiji to gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Fiji Sevens claiming a 27-12 victory over New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium in July 2021.

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